WHAT WE DO
It matters to us that our democratic structures, our members and our staff team represent a diverse range of perspectives, so we recently began monitoring our own diversity.
We’ll use this data anonymously to improve our outreach to, and services for our diverse membership, and inform how we can improve the conditions to enable all talent to get in and progress. It can help us see for example which job grades and levels of seniority are the most and least diverse, and look at why this is the case. That’s why our campaign ‘Count Me In’ is so important – whether that’s to encourage members to share their equality data with their union or with their employer.
In recent years we’ve campaigned for employers to monitor for equality systematically and we’re starting to see some success. TV’s Creative Diversity Network has rolled out Project Diamondwhich will monitor all the people who make and appear on TV. The first results of this are expected at the Edinburgh TV Festival in August. The Arts Council have also begun monitoring all National Portfolio Organisations for the diversity of artistic staff, but still need to make available data for actors and performers. Equity continues to lobby and to support a change in the Arts Council approach, and supports Project Diamond, and encourages all members to take part.
Stonewall - the charity which supports LGBT rights has produced a leaflet to explain why monitoring for LGBT status is important.
WHAT CAN MEMBERS DO?
Encourage everyone to participate in equality monitoring when they are asked – whether that’s equality monitoring within the union, or by an employer.
❖ 1. If you’re given a form complete it. Your anonymous data will help to provide a true picture of the workforce. Both the union and employers can then identify and confirm gaps and under-representation, and invest in efforts towards more inclusive representation and employment.
❖ 2. If you’re not given a form ….ask to be asked. If you show interest it will mean those responsible for collecting the data know that they are being noticed for not doing so.
❖ 3. Reassure those around you. Other performers might be unsure about whether or not to take part and you might be able to allay their anxieties. The more people who participate, the more accurate the data and the more that data can be useful to identifying patterns of inequality and actions to tackle it.
❖ 4. Tell us that you weren’t asked – we can influence and give help to those who are maybe monitoring for the first time.